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  • ISBN 0802600239
  • ISBN13 978-0802600233
  • Language English
  • Author Robert Friedel
  • Publisher Univ Publ Assn (May 1, 1988)
  • Formats lrf mobi docx doc
  • Category History
  • Subcategory Historical Study and Educational Resources
  • Size ePub 1230 kb
  • Size Fb2 1784 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
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Published in conjunction with a major exhibit at the National Museum of American History, A Material World investigates the substance of the artifacts of American history. It surveys the vast array of materials and "stuffs" that make up our modern environment, and reveals how these substances have changed due to a complex set of factors ranging from shifting resource availability and new methods of synthesis, to swings in taste, fashion, and social psychology. It traces the changing substance of American artifacts from predominantly natural elements such as wood, clay and stone, to manufactured substances such as steel, to those whose creation entails complex chemical processesóspecialty alloys, celluloids, reinforced resins and artificial polymers.Robert Friedel's book examines a number of human accomplishments such as the fabulous cable span of the George Washington Bridge and the evolution of the automobile, always placing them in a historical and technological context. It gently enquires about our synthetic world, about what our striving for constant novelty and artifice says about our most basic values. A Material World is a provoking study of how material choices reflect not only current economics and the state of technology, but also subjective matters of status and cultural value. It shows that the history of these evolving substances is an inseparable and integral part of the shaping of the modern technological, social and political world.

A Material World book.

A Material World book. Robert Friedel's book examines a number of human accomplishments such as the fabulous cable span of the George Washington Bridge and the evolution of the automobile, always placing them in a historical and technological context. It gently enquires about our synthetic world, about what our striving for constant novelty and artifice says about our most basic values.

can not only impart the lesser-known details of a familiar .

can not only impart the lesser-known details of a familiar story but masterfully show how strange and wonderful it is that things happened the way they di. - Wall Street Journal. Ruth Schwartz Cowan, Janice and Julian Bers Professor of the History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, author of The Social History of American Technology. This is a splendid book, recalling Mumford's Technics and Civilization in its scope and erudition.

Find nearly any book by Robert Friedel . Get the best deal by comparing prices from over 100,000 booksellers. by Sarah Nichols, Paola Antonelli, Robert Friedel, Penny Sparke, Dennis Doordan, Craig Vogel. ISBN 9780810967212 (978-0-8109-6721-2) Hardcover, Harry N. Abrams, 2000. Pioneer Plastic: The Making and Selling of Celluloid.

Now Robert Friedel has come to lavishly illustrate for us the idea that the ' culture of improvement' is what Western civilization through its technology has been over the past millenium. Friedel traces innovation by innovation the historical development of a whole host of technologies. From cheese -making to supersonic aircraft we learn how certain technologies 'take off' and others lose their way in the shuffle of social events. We see too how time and again key individuals have been responsible for breakthrough developments which move mankind forward

Similar books and articles. Robert Friedel - 1983 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 74:300-300.

Similar books and articles. A Brief History Of Geomagnetism And A Catalog Of The Collection Of The National Museum Of American History By Robert P. Multhauf; Gregory Good. Advancing American Art Politics and Aesthetics in the State Department Exhibition, 1946-48. Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Virginia M. Mecklenburg, United States & Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts - 1984.

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Robert Friedel is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Maryland

Robert Friedel is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Maryland. He is the author of Pioneer Plastic: The Making and Selling of Celluloid, Edison's Electric Light, and Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty. Established in 1962, the MIT Press is one of the largest and most distinguished university presses in the world and a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, art, social science, and design.

Robert Douglas Friedel, American historian, educator. Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty ZIPPER: AN EXPLORATION IN NOVELTY By Friedel, Robert ( Author )Mar-17-1996 Paperback. Fellow, Dibner Institute the History Science and Technology, 1995, 2000-2001, Batten Institute, University Virginia, 2006-2007. Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty Zipper: An Exploration. Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty by Friedel, Robert ( Author ) Paperback Mar- 1996 Paperback Mar- 17- 1996. R4360/?tag prabook0b-20.